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Old 04-19-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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Q: What's 6 feet long and makes you want to cry?

A: The huge sailfish I lost today.

I slipped out with Ginzu after work. Conditions were what some like to call 'Sporty'. Got the the beach around 5:15 and fished until dark. Two hours in and I still didn't have a bite. I was trolling 2 lines the whole time. One high, one low, but nothing. Tried several lures and a dead sardine, no duster. As I'm heading west, I hear my line going out of the calcutta. Didn't have the clicker on, so I didn't hear it right away as I had it sitting in the molded rod holder behind me. I grab it and it felt solid. Had no idea what it was, it wasn't screaming like a king, but it was about to spool me because I don't have enough line on the reel like I've been meaning to put on. So I quickly turn about and start hauling ass towards it to stop the spooling. As I turn around I see a huge splash and I'm thinking to myself... "Hmmmm. That's interesting." and then it jumps completely out the of the water twice, heading out but slightly back towards me. It wasn't too far away at this point....A 6 foot long sailfish. It was as big as any sail I've seen in pictures caught from a yak. Right about then, the tension stops. I reeled up the line as fast as I could thinking he was coming back on me, but no. He was gone.

Ginzu starts to pull up and asks what I thought that looked like. I quickly replied, "That was a [email protected]!n huge sailfish!!!" Wow. What a rush. I just sat there for a few minutes letting out a few more... Whooo!'s

When I reeled up the line.... here's what happened. Laziness on my part and a little luck, if you can call it that. I had been fishing with a 3 foot, 40# wire leader I tied with a swivel on one end and a snap swivel (EEK!) on the other end. I know, I know. I don't like to use them anymore period, but I figured it was protected enough by the bill of most of my diving lures and didn't think it would open up on me. It bent completely straight. The lucky part is... my lure which was no longer attached to the end of my leader, was stuck on the swivel at the beginning of my leader. The swivel lodged between the hooks of the double hook and I had to use pliers to pull it out.

Anyway... Ginzu can tell you about his catches, what he saw with the sail and his rolling exit. I'm still pumped.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Holy crap! Batman.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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Damn.. I bet that would have been one hellava ride..
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Good for you. Any day on the water is a good day.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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That's awesome!!! Too bad he got away but still a rush either way. I'm jealous.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:58 PM   #6
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Sorry bro.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:12 AM   #7
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Oh man! What a story. Well just hooking a sail for a little while is pretty cool. Dang, the leader and swivel deal sounds like the kind of stuff I do to shortcut tying on a new rig. I bet that was a rush.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:39 PM   #8
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Memory of a life time my friend..lol bet you will have the image in your brain until you die... very, very cool.
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man that's awesome no more swivals for u

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Sucks you lost it but that is a he'll of a story.
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